Twenty-seven: 27

27 Thy riches, and thy fairs, thy merchandise, thy mariners, and thy pilots, thy calkers, and the occupiers of thy merchandise, and all thy men of war, that are in thee, and in all thy company which is in the midst of thee, shall fall into the midst of the seas in the day of thy ruin.

The expatriate prophet Ezekiel goes around the compass identifying the nations that have suspected Israel and applauded at her stumblings. He foretells their woeful fates. Perhaps the most bracing prophecy is against Tyre (Lebanon and Syria). A great merchant, traveling, shipping interest is about to fall like none other, never to rise again.

I have this thing about major Bible themes cropping up in the strange coincidence of chapter and verse of the same number. Here it is Ezekiel 27: 27. It is as if the Holy Spirit is issuing a “verily, verily, I say unto you”.

Consider also the following:  John3: 3___John17: 17___Romans 8: 8___Romans 12: 12___Hebrews 8: 8___Hebrews 10: 10___Jeremiah 31: 31___Daniel 9: 9___Zechariah 9: 9___ Matthew 5: 5___Matthew 7: 7. I think that you get the picture. There are many more.

It has been said by some Bible teachers that the 28th chapter speaks further to Tyre’s fall but also likens it to the fall of Lucifer the anointed cherub. The suggestion is “You were proud. You were desensitized by your comforts, material success and purchased beauty. Self-assured in a most ugly way. I will bring you down. Especially as you think ill of my precious Israel and Jerusalem (not pretty all the time, but still my chosen and the object of my covenant}”

World leaders would be wise to heed this message as they address with tedium the issue of Middle Eastern peace, yet another time. Israel, settlement areas, Jerusalem, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Gaza, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iran, Iraq.

Here we go again. Around the compass. God is watching!

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